Despite being virtually unknown in the United States, the English synthpop duo Hurts has been on an astonishing rise since releasing its 2011 debut album, Happiness. The two musicians who comprise the group, vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and synthist Adam Andersond, met one another with when friends of theirs got into a bout of fisticuffs outside of a Manchester club in 2005. because Hutchcraft and Andersond were too boozed up to get involved in any serious street brawl, they abstained, ended up talking with oneanother and finding common ground over shared music affinities. These mutual ties prompted the two to start making music together. After experimenting with different sounds, music genres and band names, the two ultimately decided on the moniker Hurts and pursue a characteristically modern, albeit oftentimes slightly vintage and new wave-y, electropop sound.
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